Fall Cooking Recipes Sure To Impress

It’s autumn in San Diego, which means it’s time to transition from salads and smoothies to warming soups and fall dessert recipes. The change in seasons offers chefs and home cooks new ingredients to work with, like apples, squash, and root vegetables. As the weather cools, we’re also inspired to use slow cooking methods like simmering, braising, and baking. As you prepare your seasonal menu, consider adding these impressive recipes to your fall cooking list.

Pear and Prosciutto Triangles with Triple Creme Brie


Fruit and cheese pair perfectly with prosciutto in this savory and sweet hors d’oeuvre. Pear, fig jam, and creamy Brie are wrapped in puff pastry and baked until golden brown – a bite-size finger food perfect for snacking.

The Ultimate Pot Roast


Not your grandmother’s pot roast, this version is made with whole beef shank braised low and slow in dry white wine and beef bouillon until fork tender. It’s served with crunchy roasted radishes and flaxseed relish, making for a unique and unforgettable meal.

Apple Roses

Apple Roses

Apple roses look complicated to make, but they’re actually one of the most approachable fall dessert recipes. They’re made with naturally sweet apple sprinkled with cinnamon and rolled in a crisp and flaky puff pastry.

The Ultimate Stuffed Cabbage


Nothing is more impressive than a perfectly executed stuffed cabbage (lou fassum). This dish is stunning when presented whole and sliced into thick wedges for serving.

Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake Bars

This recipe blends two fall dessert recipes into one. It all starts with a graham cracker crust, which is topped with cheesecake and fresh sliced apple. A crumbly topping drizzled with caramel is the proverbial cherry on top.

Harvest Stew with Smoked Sausage

Cooler weather calls for hearty stews packed with protein and grounding root vegetables. This warming recipe marries seasonal produce with smoked sausage for a stick-to-your-ribs main course.

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese with Bacon

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese with Bacon

Mac and cheese gets an autumnal makeover with the cozy addition of pumpkin. The key to perfect macaroni and cheese is selecting high-quality cheese and shredding it fresh. Leave out the bacon for a vegetarian-friendly fall dish.

Turn your passion for cooking into a career

The best fall recipes are the ones that take advantage of seasonal produce and flavors. Cooking with the seasons is the best way to eat in harmony with nature, and your guests will appreciate your attention to ingredient quality and freshness. Soups and stews are a great place to start for home cooks who want to gain confidence in the kitchen.

Advanced chefs will enjoy the challenge of using a low and slow braise to transform tough cuts of meat into mouthwatering morsels. If you’re daydreaming about preparing recipes from this fall cooking list or baking the fall dessert recipes above, it might be time to turn your passion into a career.

At National Culinary & Baking School, our programs offer aspiring chefs and bakers the chance to learn new skills and get real life practice in a professional kitchen. We keep our class sizes small so our instructors can offer individualized attention through hands-on training. If you’re ready to pursue a career in the culinary arts, give us a call to learn how we can help you get there.